As a result of the departure of Sonoco’s senior vice president of global industrial products and protective solutions, the company has announced several senior management changes with the goal of streamlining its existing organizational structure.

Senior vice president of global industrial products and protective solutions John Colyer is stepping down from his operations position to focus on a health issue. Colyer will continue to work on special projects for the company.  

 “Everyone at Sonoco wishes John the very best, and we remain optimistic he will have a full recovery,” says Jack Sanders, CEO and president of Sonoco. “The change in John’s status and his deep experience in our industrial businesses require we adjust our leadership structure to better position and streamline the organization to achieve our mission.”

Rodger Fuller, group vice president, is assuming responsibilities for the industrial businesses in the Americas, including tubes and cores, paper, adhesives and recycling in North America and South America. Fuller most recently served as vice president for the Global Primary Materials Group and has 30 years of experience at Sonoco.

Howard Coker, group vice president, is assuming responsibility for Sonoco’s industrial businesses for rest of world, while continuing his leadership of global rigid paper and closures. Coker joined Sonoco in 1985 and has held international sales, manufacturing and management positions in the company’s consumer and industrial businesses.

Reporting to Coker is Adam Wood, vice president, who is assuming operational leadership for the rest of world industrial businesses, including paper, tubes and cores in EuropeAsia and Australia/New Zealand.

Rob Tiede, senior vice president of global consumer packaging and services since 2012, will continue to lead the company’s consumer packaging, and display and packaging business, and is assuming additional responsibility for protective solutions and reels.